1 of 2

noun (1)

: a receptacle for baptismal water
: a receptacle for holy water
: a receptacle for various liquids
: source, fountain
a font of information
fontal adjective


2 of 2

noun (2)

: an assortment or set of type or characters all of one style and sometimes one size

Examples of font in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The words 'Selena Gomez' and 'Love On' were written in red fonts at the top of the image. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Automakers appear to see the writing on the wall, now in a smaller font. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Feb. 2024 All season long, Zay Flowers was a boundless font of boyhood fun, a broad smile stretching across his face and a constant energy emanating from the Ravens’ rookie wide receiver. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 30 Jan. 2024 Steve Jobs Introduces the Macintosh Watch on The Macintosh also provided a user interface toolbox for application developers, enabling applications to have a standard look and feel by using common interface widgets such as buttons, menus, fonts, dialog boxes and windows. Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 According to the recall notice: An incorrect font size is displayed on the instrument panel for the Brake, Park, and Antilock Brake System (ABS) warning lights. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 2 Feb. 2024 The maker of electric cars, SUVs and trucks is recalling nearly 2.2 million vehicles because the font sizes on its warning lights are too small, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Fanatics, which has taken over operations of the online NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL fan shops over the last decade, has been ridiculed by fans, at times for mismatching one team’s font on another’s jersey. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 According to the official Part 573 Safety Notice, the issue is due to the cars' displays, which use a font for the brake, park, and antilock brake warning indicators that is smaller than is legally required under the federal motor vehicle safety standards. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin font-, fons, from Latin, fountain

Noun (2)

French fonte, from Middle French, act of founding, from Vulgar Latin *fundita, feminine of funditus, past participle of Latin fundere to found, pour — more at found

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of font was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Font.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a basin for baptismal or holy water


2 of 2 noun
: an assortment of type or characters all of one size and style


Old English font "basin for holy water," derived from Latin font-, fons "fountain, spring" — related to fountain


from early French fonte "act of casting metal," derived from Latin fundere "to pour melted metal into a mold" — related to found entry 3, founder entry 2

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